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Championship impresses anglers

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:22 03 July 2010

BY far the best for more than a decade. That was the overwhelming verdict on last Sunday's well-attended Norfolk Broads Championship, won by Ipswich veteran Steve Watts with a splendid bream net of 49lb 2oz from the River Bure at St Benet's Abbey, writes Roy Webster.

BY far the best for more than a decade. That was the overwhelming verdict on last Sunday's well-attended Norfolk Broads Championship, won by Ipswich veteran Steve Watts with a splendid bream net of 49lb 2oz from the River Bure at St Benet's Abbey, writes Roy Webster.

A total of 47 competitors put double figure catches on the scales caught from both Ludham Waters on the Rivers Bure and Thurne.

Of local hopefuls Great Yarmouth's David Jones won his section at Cold Harbour with

13lb 3oz and Jolly Boy Lee Arnold scored a section second with more than 10lb.

Overall there was not an angler who left dissatisfied after this well-organised event that produced the main return from the River Bure opposite the South Walsham Pump.

Winner Watts, sponsored by Anglia Groundbaits, offered red maggot on the feeder rig to take mostly skimmer bream.

However, it was three scale busters of more than 5lb apiece that earned him the premier crown of Norfolk's match fishing.

Next peg to the winner was David Gooch of Norwich, who matched his opponent fish for fish.

Unfortunately, he did not contact a bream of above 2lb and thus finished runner-up with 39lb 4oz. In that same prolific area James Parnell, sponsored by Anglers' World tackle shop, was third with 34lb 13oz.

The new champion received the new Cyril Wigg Trophy consisting of crystal glassware donated by the match sponsors Meade Sports & Leisure and with it came cash prizes totalling £235.

Match organiser Tony Gibbons declared the match a huge success and added: “Although we had a split tide the fish fed throughout the five hours producing a match average of more than 11lb a man.

“We paid out prizes totalling £1,400 and the boaters were considerate, observed our go-slow notice boards and avoided navigating along the banks where the anglers were fishing.”

The next big match on these rivers is the Jason Smith Memorial raising funds for Diabetes UK. This comes on Saturday, July 25, fished from 10am to 3pm. (01603 400973).

The annual schools challenge match was staged on the Burgh Castle Fishery where Oriel emerged champions with eight penalty points. Central High scored 11, Lynn Grove 13 and Cliff Park 18.

Glenn Arnold (Oriel) was individual winner with 13lb 12oz, then Joby Holland (Caister) 8lb 5oz and McCauley Churchman (Oriel) 6lb 12oz.

Club results: Sportsmans (Reepham) M Bunn 31lb 4oz, J Hammond 35lb 4oz, M Coleman 30lb 12oz. Stalham (Melton Ponds) D Paynter 68lb 8oz, D Agass 67lb 8oz, R Austrin 65lb 6oz. Lacons (Melton Ponds) P Nichols 45lb 5oz, D Solomon 20lb 13oz, D Cooke 15lb 11oz. Great Yarmouth Rive Yare R Wessells 42lb, R Hubbard 39lb 3oz, W Freeman 33lb 8oz.

On the specimen carp waters Yarmouth's Ben Smith winched out a superb 32lb 8oz common from Taswood while at Hall Farm, Burgh Castle Yarmouth's Johnny Smart caught the fish of the week, a 23lb 6oz common. Royce Dorova maintained his splendid run on this water ending with 19 fish headed by a leather carp of 18lb 8oz and

15-year-old Lewis Davey of Hopton had seven carp to 16lb 8oz.


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